Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Public Tired of Biased Media

Speech delivered by Chairman Lamar Smith on the House floor on March 7, 2017

Mr. Speaker, from Investor’s Business Daily:

“The mainstream media’s open hostility to President Trump may be starting to backfire, according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll.

“The poll found that 55 percent of the public says they have grown ‘weary from the media’s persistently negative coverage of President Trump.’ A roughly equal share, 54 percent, also believe that the news media ‘has assumed the role of the opposition party, constantly opposing the president and his policies at every turn.’

“The results are understandable, given the unusually hostile relationship the press has with Trump.

“A study by the nonpartisan group Media Tenor found that only 3 percent of network news stories in the first month of the Trump administration could be described as positive.

“The (IBD/TIPP) poll found that 57 percent back Trump’s plan to hire 10,000 more immigration agents; 58 percent support the deportation of illegal immigrants charged with a crime, even if they haven’t been convicted; and 53 percent back Trump's call to withhold federal aid to ‘sanctuary cities.’”

“Meanwhile, 42 percent say Trump is providing strong leadership for the country, which is higher than the 40 percent Obama got last October.”